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This week’s episode of This American Life features an interesting look into the backroom, candidate vetting process of the Republican party.  Its about wealthy donors and the game of money.
I’ve never heard of Black Hebrew Israelites before.  They’re frighteningly heretical.  James White recently stumbled upon them and has been devoting a bit of attention to the movement.  If you want to see the face of full-throttled eisegesis, listen to this debate on The Dividing Line.  It is scary how blind one can be in their handling of the Scriptures.
In his message God’s Peculiar Glory, John Piper begins by saying, “For the last two years, I have focused in a greater way than ever before in my life on the question of how we know that the Christian Scriptures are completely true, and then, in view of that, how we should read them.”  The rest of the message is his answer to the issue.  That should hook you.

 

 

C.S. Lewis on the Crux of the Problem

“How did the Dark Power [Satan] go wrong? Here, no doubt, we ask a question to which human beings cannot give an answer with any certainty. A reasonable (and traditional) guess, based on our own experiences of going wrong, can, however, be offered. The moment you have a self at all, there is a possibility of putting Yourself first—wanting to be the centre—wanting to be God, in fact. That was the sin of Satan: and that was the sin he taught the human race. Some people think the fall of man had something to do with sex, but that is a mistake. (The story in the Book of Genesis rather suggests that some corruption in our sexual nature followed the fall and was its result, not its cause.)

The Letter of Ignatius to the Romans

One theologian spoke thus,

“Just as we become aware of a meteor only when, after traveling silently through space for untold millions of miles, it blazes briefly through the atmosphere before dying in a shower of fire, so it is with Ignatius, bishop of Antioch in Syria.”  Writing sometime between  A.D. 98-117, the good bishop writes the following to the Christians in Rome.  

Gorge Thy Ears

A few audio picks:

The men over at Reformed Forum weigh in on the current Trinitarian debate.
A podcast affiliated with RadioLab has recently launched a new and superb  podcast covering key cases in the Supreme Court. It is called More Perfect. I heartily recommend it.
If you haven’t listened to History on Fire’s first two episodes (The Slave Wars), you’re truly missing out. Some of the content presented there provides insight (in part) into why, say, the apostle Paul didn’t preach against slavery.
Do you enjoy a good debate? I do. So in case you haven’t yet seen it, head over to Intelligence Squared Debates for a host of interesting discussions on a wide range of current topics.

3GT Episode: To Desire or Not to Desire

The gents discuss Christ and culture, technology and the question: Does God desire the salvation of all men? (And please forgive the quality of Austin’s microphone.  His regular microphone broke, and so he had to use a junky one at the last minute, which picked up a lot of “Pfft” sounds.  Enter sad face here.)

https://threeguystheologizing.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/3gt-171.mp3

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Beginning: Interaction with Carl Trueman’s view of Christ and culture
27 minute mark: Rewind on technology
34 minute mark (and some change): Discussion on 1 Timothy 2:4

Have You Ever Read the Epistle to Diognetus?

It’s true.  I’m a fan of reading early, post-apostolic Christian writings.  There’s some really good stuff… as well as not so good.  Be that as it may, I have always enjoyed this short epistle addressed to a man by the name of Diognetus.  Overall, it is a little gem.  If you’ve never read anything like this before (from the period called the Apostolic Fathers), give it a try.

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The Epistle To Diognetus

CHAPTER 1
1:1 Since I see, most excellent Diognetus, that thou
art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of
the Christians, and that thy enquiries respecting them
are distinctly and carefully made, as to what God they
trust and how they worship Him, that they all
disregard the world and despise death, and take no
account of those who are regarded as gods by the
Greeks, neither observe the superstition of the Jews,
and as to the nature of the affection which they
entertain one to another, and of this new development
or interest, which has entered into men’s lives now
and not before: I gladly welcome this zeal in thee,
and I ask of God, Who supplieth both the speaking and
the hearing to us, that it may be granted to myself to
speak in such a way that thou mayest be made better […]

A Few Words For Our Cultural Moment

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but […]

A Brief Reflection on Ephesians 2:7

“4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

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One of the astonishing things to be observed in Ephesians 2:7 is its future scope. Our being raised and seated with Christ in the heavenly places is designed to show forth the immeasurable riches of God’s grace. But note when this will be manifested. Paul declares that this will occur “in the coming ages.”

What is it about the riches, nay, the immeasurable riches of God’s grace that will be more clearly manifested in the future? Hasn’t such grace already been made plain?

It no doubt has. So in what way will it be made to shine more brightly?

Perhaps this is simply a matter of our more adequately apprehending its depths. Maybe once we are transformed in the twinkling of an eye, and once we behold […]